New Release: Second Choice

Ever wonder what goes on inside the head of the talented and fun Ginger Solomon? Well, I’ve got the answers for you!

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, sheGinger picture writes or reads romance of any genre. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book? 

Second Choice is book two in my Belikarian Weddings Series. While book one, One Choice, featured Prince Josiah, this book is about his sister, Princess Anaya. Here’s the blurb:

Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended disappears, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives, in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

Tell us a little bit about the series.  

The Belikarian Weddings Series takes place in a small fictional country in the Aegean Sea. ~Book one is about Crown Prince Josiah and the Bridal March, which takes place because tradition demands he take a wife of his own choosing by his twenty-fifth birthday. If he has not, then fifty women are gathered, and he is given six months to choose one of them to be his bride.

~Book two is about his sister, Princess Anaya.

~Book three, tentatively titled Love’s Choice, is about a guard that has been in the palace since his birth, and after the death of his parents, the king takes full responsibility for him, treating him like a son.

The first two books are marriage of convenience type books, but the third is not. They are all contemporary romance.

Are you an outliner or pantser?    I lean more toward being a pantser, but I do some leg work before writing. I like to know what my characters look like, how old they are, and I set up a calendar to help me keep up with events as they happen. I wouldn’t want a snow storm to show up in the middle of June.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?    I do one of two things if I’m stuck in a story. One, I back up a scene or two. If I don’t know where to go, it usually means I’ve written myself into a corner and need to rethink my story a little. Two, I have a “play” story that I mess around with. It’s a fantasy, so there are no restrictions on what I can do in it. I don’t expect it to ever get published—though my daughter likes it the best of all my stories.

What are some of your hobbies?    Outside of writing, I like to do all manner of crafts. I can sew, cross-stitch, knit, crochet, and a few other things. I’d love to learn to paint, but time—yeah, well. I also spend a great deal of time reading.

Let’s get to the important question. Do you have any pets?    I, personally, have a dog—a

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Miniature Australian Shepherd named Zorro. We also have a cat, Peeta, but he belongs to my son.

 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?    Scotland and Ireland. I know that’s two places, but I think they are so close that I couldn’t go see one without seeing the other as well.

Tea or coffee?   TEA!

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be?    Wow. Hmm. I think the king in my Belikarian books. He is very wise.

Do you have any advice for other writers?    If you write because you can’t NOT write, then never give up. Keep learning the craft. Keep writing.

Can you share a little of your book with us?    Here’s a short excerpt from the first chapter, after Anaya has informed her father, the king, that her groom has left.

“Maybe it’s better this way.” The king rested his hand on Princess Anaya’s shoulder. “God may have someone better in mind for you.” 

“Perhaps.” She twisted away, wishing her mother were here and not at the spa. “I’m sorry, Baba.” 

“Come here, my benim kizim.” He pulled her into his arms. 

She stiffened at the unexpected show of affection. He held tight, and she relaxed against his chest. He couldn’t have known how much she needed the hug. Her tears wet the front of his linen shirt. He didn’t seem to notice. 

“God loves you. He has the perfect husband for you. Trust Him.” He kissed the top of her head and then set her away from him. “Now, go pray and make your choice. Listen to God’s voice. He will show you whom you should choose.”

If you’re like me, then you’re wondering where you can buy this book. Second Choice isSecondChoice-GINGER available for purchase on Amazon today.

Purchase Second Choice Here!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have any other questions for Ginger or myself, please leave a comment AND don’t forget to check out Second Choice!

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Author Jean Ann Williams

For my first ever author interview, I have the honor of talking with Jean Ann Williams, published by Clean Reads.

Author Jean Ann Williams, the eldest in a large family, enjoys digging into her fascinating childhood to create stories for children. Having written over one hundred articles for children and adults, Just Claire is her first book. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she writes regularly on Putting on the New blog and her own jeanannwilliams blog. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods and practicing archery with her bow.

Tell me about your book Just Claire.justclaire

One mother damaged. One family tested. One daughter determined to find her place.

ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.

With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My own mother almost died giving birth to my younger brother. She suffered from the ‘baby blues’ as they called it back then. A year later, Mom became depressed after the death of my youngest sister Maria and never recovered. As I was coming to terms with the loss of my mother (loss in emotionally not there for me), I decided I needed to write a story I could have been helped by when I was ten years old.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I have writer’s block for only a few moments. For me, writer’s block is a momentary inability to figure out what would be best to write next. So, I write even junk to keep going and it works every single time.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I’d love to visit the Azores’ Islands where my grandparents, Vaa Vaa and Voo Voo were raised. I’ve been told the islands are still backward in time, and I’d enjoy a respite there and to visit where my family came from.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten.

A rattle snake. It reminded me of the taste and texture of frog legs. My brothers shot the snake and then Mom fried it for us to taste. When my dad came home from work later in the day, he threw away the frying pan Mom had cooked it in. 🙂

Are you a morning or night person?

Morning. I enjoy waking at dawn and writing through the rising of the morning sun. My office window faces the east, where I have a view of a smaller mountain to my right and the sun rise.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be?

Grandma Neecy. I took a similar real-life character who used to babysit us children and my husband’s funny auntie, and recreated from those two women the character of Grandma Neecy.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never, ever give up. It took twenty years from the first pages written to publication of my debut Just Claire.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on two books, actually. The sequel to Just Claire, titled Being Claire, and a YA contemporary about one strong-willed great-granny and three sisters who take a road trip together and become stranded in a snowstorm.

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Please enter the drawing for a chance to win Just Claire. Leave a comment with your email address for where Jean Ann can gift the e-Copy to the winner.

You can purchase Just Claire here:

Amazon: http://ow.ly/XmCJ5

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-claire-jean-ann williams/1123223218?ean=2940157880842

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/just-claire

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28482298-just-claire?from_search=true&search_version=service

Please check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/s8x5lJKZFHU

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The Difference Between Speaking Out Against Injustice and Becoming Part of It.

Check out what Artemis Grey has to say about injustice.

In the last few days, several things have happened, and while I was not the specific target of the hatred and lies, I was very much affected. And I’m likely going to be affected for the fores…

Source: The Difference Between Speaking Out Against Injustice and Becoming Part of It.

Interviews

Over the next several weeks, I will be hosting many authors on my blog to get to know them and their books. I’m hoping to have my first interview up by next week.

When interviewing, I’d like to mix it up some, ask some fun questions and get the authors to has as much fun writing their answers as it is to read them.

So, here is a sneak peak on some of the questions I’ll be asking:

Author, if you could own an island, what would you name it? Who would live there with you?

And…

Author, if you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?

If this leaks your interest then stay tuned for the first interview next week.

Do you have someone you’d like me to interview? Just Comment or PM me!

Whisper

As you all know, I love to write! My newest book titled Whisper is getting published by Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing, Inc. (Cool name, isn’t it?)

Whisper is a young adult science fiction novel. Stay tuned for updates.

You can check out RRPI’s website and my addition to the author section at:

http://ramrampublishing.com/dana-provo.html

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Friday Funday!

April happens to be my favorite month of the year. It’s a great representation of spring and soon to be summer. The horses are settled in to the fact that summer is on the way, and they aren’t as crazy under saddle. This month also hosts my birthday. bday

Who doesn’t love their birthday? I sure do, not for the gifts, or the attention. I love my birthday because I know if I didn’t have one, I wouldn’t be here.

Also, the first day of this month is one of the biggest prank days of the year: April Fool’s. Whether you’re a fan of this day or not, it happens. People all over the world, for months, think up some good fools to surprise their friends. I have participated in this holiday, but don’t anymore because I’m just plain boring, I guess. But, this April Fool’s Day happens to be on a Friday, so prank away friends, you have all weekend to recover from it.tulip

So, April, welcome. May you bring the rain and sunshine and allow the warmer months to follow gracefully. Happy Friday everyone, I hope y’all have a great weekend. Enjoy the flowers sprouting up from the ground, reading great books outside, and spending time with your furry friends.